BRANDING BRIEFS

Best Western International

Additions to the membership chain include the 71-room Best Western The Inn at Hampton (NH) and the 42-unit Best Western Peace Arch Inn in Surrey, BC, Canada.

BridgeStreet Worldwide

The corporate housing provider expanded its European network of apartments to 13 additional destinations, including cities in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide

Rezidor SAS Hospitality opened a Park Inn in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The 160-room property is the brand's first in the country.

Extended Stay Hotels

HVM LLC bought two Suburban Lodges in Chesapeake, VA and will reflag them as Extended StayAmerica properties. Following the conversion, the chain will have three hotels in Chesapeake.

Great Wolf Resorts

The company broke ground in mid-June on an eight-story, $100-million Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. Centerpiece of the 404-suite property will be a 98,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and entertainment area.

GuestHouse International

Hong Kong-based Jia Bin International will soon open its second GuestHouse property in China. Last year, the firm opened the GuestHouse Hotel Sanya, a 176-room seaside resort in Hainan Province. The new property, which opens in late summer, will be in Beijing.

Hilton Hotels Corp.

Rio Grande Development opened a new Homewood Suites Hotel in Salt Lake City in mid-June. Northwest Hospitality Group manages the 124-unit property.

PRA Suites at Glastonbury LLC opened a 136-suite Homewood Suites in Glastonbury, CT near Hartford. Hersha Hospitality Management operates the property.

W-Boston LLC opened the Hilton Boston Financial District in a redeveloped building. Columbia Sussex Corp. manages the 362-room hotel.

A former Doubletree reopened last month as the Hilton Bellevue (WA). PD Bellevue Associates owns and Dow Hotel Co. operates the 353-room property.

Richfield Hospitality won the management contract for the 713-room Hilton Pittsburgh.

Hilton Latin America recently opened two new hotels, launched renovation projects at four properties and announced plans for a new hotel in Argentina. The recent openings are Hiltons in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Managua, Nicaragua. The property under development in Argentina will be in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city.

Seventeen new-construction franchised Hampton properties opened in April and May. The openings include four Hampton Inn hotels and 13 Hampton Inn & Suites.

OBX Resort LLC opened a 180-room Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Elizabeth Corp. manages the property.

A former Wyndham Garden Hotel in suburban Chicago is now the Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Wood Dale/Itasca. Aimbridge Hospitality manages the 161-room property.

The first Conrad Hotel in Chicago and the fourth in the U.S. opened in early June on the city's north side. The 344-unit property is a conversion of a former Le Meridien.

InterContinental Hotels Group

General Hotels Corp. will spend $6 million to renovate and convert an existing Holiday Inn Select at the Indianapolis airport into a Crowne Plaza. Conversion of the 274-room property will be complete this fall.

A former independent resort in the Hua Hin/Cha-Am resort area of Thailand has become a Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am has 560 rooms.

The InterContinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa opened last month in the Alicante region of Spain. The 64-room property has an ESPA spa and a Jack Nicklaus golf course.

La Quinta

Marshall Management opened a La Quinta Inn & Suites at the Albany, NY airport. The 78-room property is the brand's first in New York.

Marriott International

Developers KB Urban and AEG will build two Marriott-branded properties in a downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district. The complex will include an 876-room Los Angeles Marriott Marquis, a 124-room Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and 216 units of residential condominiums in The Residences at Ritz-Carlton. The properties open in 2010.

A partnership between Armada Hoffler and the Economic Development Authority of Newport News, VA opened the Newport News Marriott at City Center. Crestline Hotels & Resorts operates the 256-room property.

Gencom Group and Logwood Hotel Development Co. will build a Ritz-Carlton-branded resort and residential development on West Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The project includes 125 guest suites and 75 condominium villas.

Washington, DC-based Bernstein Cos. recently opened a 120-unit SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Annapolis, MD.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Belfonti Capital Partners will convert its newly purchased 478-room Aruba Resort Spa & Casino to a Westin. In addition, Starwood Vacation Ownership will develop a 154-unit Westin-branded timeshare resort next to the hotel.

The Westin Boston Waterfront opened in late June. The 793-room property is connected to the city's new convention and exhibition center.

The first W Hotel in Texas opened last month. The W Dallas Victory Hotel and Residences has 252 guestrooms and 144 condo units.

Developer J&A Jaidah will build the W Doha Hotel & Residences in Qatar. The property, which opens in 2007, will have 292 guest-rooms and 154 residences.

US Franchise Systems

A new Microtel Inn & Suites opened in May in Gardendale, AL. Bella Investments owns and Essex Hotel Management operates the 82-room property.

Wyndham Worldwide

The company will develop a 400-room Wyndham hotel and spa as part of the Fairfield Orlando at Bonnet Creek development near Walt Disney World in central Florida. When completed, the 70-acre Bonnet Creek complex will have 1,594 vacation ownership units, in addition to the hotel.

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